Prototypes?600 prototyps, with a lot of deficiencies and only a political IOC.
The older ones will never be upgraded. There are simply technically too far from the next standard, the one expected to be FOC.Prototypes?
Not according to usaf.
Usaf doesn't run on politics.
Infact, they are so impressed that they are planning to even convert the test fleet to combat/training fleet.
The fiscal year (FY) 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which became law on 1 January 2021, allows the US Air Force (USAF) to utilise, modify, and operate...www.janes.com
I guess you wouldn't agree till F-35 actually goes to a war.
Combat and trainings are 2 different things ! if a combat jet fighter can make a good trainer, the contrary is not true.Infact, they are so impressed that they are planning to even convert the test fleet to combat/training fleet.
I'll let you decide how good the EOTS is.https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zo...ikes-with-radar-reflectors-and-aim-9xs-fitted
In fact, the F-35A is less capable in certain respects than an F-16 for strike missions against insurgents. It's targeting capabilities via its Electro-Optical Targeting System mounted under its nose inside a sapphire-glass encrusted framework is based on 15-year-old technology and pales in comparison to the image fidelity and certain key modes offered by latest Sniper and Litening targeting pods carried by 4th generation fighters. The F-35's EOTS is supposed to upgraded under the still as yet to be fully approved Block IV upgrade program that will enhance the F-35's software and some of its key components in the coming decade.
Old before beeing officially born (FOC)
Absolutely nothing impressive. A 20+ years old targeting pod is able to match these video quality.I'll let you decide how good the EOTS is.
It has the best integrated awareness suite.
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Also, it isn't actually 'insurgents' that the F-35 is designed for, those duties will squarely be under domain of regional powers from NATO like france and the UK,
While the US prepares to check russia and china, and those are domains are where a non stealth aircraft will be hard to survive.
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